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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Whats better for COPD a nebulizer or an inhaler?

Whats better for COPD a nebulizer or an inhaler?

Equivalent: A nebulizer is used when the person is not able to use the inhaler properly. When used the proper way both deliver the right amount of medication. A nebulizer is less portable and takes more time to deliver (10 to 15 minutes), usually requires a power plug. An inhaler is very handy, fits in a pocket or a small purse. And then, there is personal preference. ...Read more

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I have severe copd, my nebulizer meds no longer give me any relief nor do my inhalers, i also have pain in my upper rib cage area am i getting worse?

I have severe copd, my nebulizer meds no longer give me any relief nor do my inhalers, i also have pain in my upper rib cage area am i getting worse?

Possibly: At this point if your medicines aren't helping you breathe better it's time to start thinking about using medicines which are for relief of the symptoms of copd. These include benzodiazepines ( valium like medications) or even opiates (like oxycodone) since these are very effective at relieving shortness of breath. Talk to your health care provider about your symptoms and goals. ...Read more

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I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?

I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?

Proper treatment: In my opinion, contrary to others, these conditions should always be treated with inhaled steroid first and then add. This prevents inflammation and twitchy airways. In COPD there is bowing of midsize airways due to tissue destruction. This is helped with anticholinergics (thiotropium or ipratropium) this allows the rescue albuterol to get into the distal airways for rescue, more mainstay in asthm. ...Read more

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Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Why do copd/cold patients sometimes need to use pulmo aide nebulizer?

Medication delivery: Pulmo aide is one brand of nebulizer. There are many others. Patients with COPD benefit from medications delivered directly to the lung by an inhaler or a nebulizer. A nebulizer is useful for those who cannot use an inhaler effectively. ...Read more

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Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Use as mucomist: Glutathione is end product of n-acetyl cysteine since glutathione gets degraded quickly you need the precursor. So for COPD use mucomist which is nac in liquid form smells like sewage so i prefer the capsule to avoid this. John hopkins univ did a critical care seminar and they are using nac for acute kidney failure too. ...Read more

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Are steroids and antibiotics always needed for a copd. exacerbation? Some people always take them, where as nebulizer helps me.

Are steroids and antibiotics always needed for a copd. exacerbation? Some people always take them, where as nebulizer helps me.

Not always. : Steroids usually are sufficient. Sometimes the COPD attack will resolve on its own and other times it will need meds to go away. Antibiotics are used when there is significant worsening of COPD as well increasing purulence of the mucous. ...Read more

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COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take. ?

COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take. ?

See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more acute treatment. If you are not, then you may need other testing done, such as an ECHO or maybe try pulmonary rehab. I would be happy to discuss further if you need more information. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I have COPD and am on an oxygen making machine set at 3 at night while i'm asleep, and have a neubilizer during the day..

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is typically due to smoking. If your oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. A sleep test, if you haven't had one, would also rule out sleep apnea as a reason for low oxygen level at night. You may also need a 6 minute walk test to be sure you don't need oxygen with activity. A nebulizer is a way to take inhaled meds. Did i answer your ? ...Read more

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Can COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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What mean of COPD excarbation?

What mean of COPD excarbation?

See below: COPD exacerbations are usually caused by a virus. Patients get more SOB, maybe cough more, have more sputum production and possible a change in their sputum color. More serious issues are a drop in oxygen saturations and increases in blood carbon dioxide levels. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read more

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Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read more

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What's COPD and what are the stages of it?

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a slowly progressive, incurable lung disease usually caused by smoking. There are treatments that control symptoms and smoking cessation is a necessary component of therapy. See your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are some things that exacerbate copd?

Top Five: The top fice factors that can cause a COPD exacerbation include allergies, bacterial/viral infection, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and non compliance to medical regimen. There are others but these cover the majority. ...Read more

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Nebulizer (Definition)

A nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist. It is usually used for medications for asthma, cystic fibrosis, and copd, so that the medications can be ...Read more


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more